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The Bible is very descriptive of the intense pain of Hell, and torment (Luke 16:23-28; experienced by the ungodly after death. Hell is not a mere psychological or emotional distress, some would suggest, but actual physical agony.
King James Version (KJV)
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on
me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger
in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime
receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:
but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great
gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you
cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou
wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them,
lest they also come into this place of torment.
Scripture teaches that the spirits of men are fully conscious after separation
from the body at death.
a. They can speak.
Isaiah 14:9-11; Ezekiel 32:21
b. They can cry.
Matthew 8:11, 12; Matthew 13:42, 50; Matthew 22:13
Luke 16:24-31; 13:28; Revelation 6:9-11
c. They can hear.
John 5:25; 1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6
d. They can see.
Luke 16:23; John 8:51-54, 56
e. They can feel pain.
Luke 16:23, 24
Revelation 20:10 ("torment" basanizo, meaning "to vex with
great pain" – as Matthew 8:29)
f. They have memory.
B. Death does not mean extinction. The words "perish," "destroy,"
and "lost" in the King James Version are all used for the same
Greek word apollumi, meaning "that which is no longer useful."
It is also used in Matthew 9:17; 10:6; etc.
C. That there is consciousness after death may be proven by the
following examples in scripture.
1. Samuel and the witch of Endor. 1 Samuel 28:3, 11-16, 19
2. The transfiguration on the mount. Matthew 17:3 (Luke 9:30)
3. The rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16:19-31
4. The thief on the cross. Luke 23:42, 43